Labour and employment in Mexico

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. has a deep pool of talented employment lawyers who provide 'really excellent service', and demonstrate 'agility in understanding and analyzing complex labour scenarios'.  Led by Ricardo Castro out of the Monterrey office, the team handles the full array of contentious and non-contentious labour issues, including social security matters. Recently the team advised Bio Pappel on the closure of a manufacturing plant which involved complicated collective negotiations and termination agreements for hundreds of employees. The team also advised the Thai state oil-and-gas company, PTTEP, on managing a union's illegal attempt to strike. Other key partners include Manuel Limón , who 'guides the team with great quality'; and the 'very straightforward and pragmatic' Salvador Pasquel in Mexico City. Monterrey's Alfonso García is praised for his 'outstanding capacity for easily explaining a legal analysis'.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. has a top notch team with over 30 lawyers spread throughout its four offices, capable of advising on the full range of issues, including litigation, day-to-day matters and strategy. Highly respected senior partner Jorge De Presno leads the team alongside Monterrey-based Alvaro Gonzalez.The team recently defended government-owned financial institution Hito Financiera against a significant unfair dismissal claim brought by a former CEO. The team also advised Mission Hills, a subsidiary of Colgate Palmolive, on an unlawful work stoppage at one of its sites, as well as the subsequent litigation. Other key clients include Mattel, BP, JP Morgan, and Scania.

Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, S.C. (MGGL)

Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, S.C. (MGGL) is an extremely well regarded six-partner boutique and a popular choice for high profile and complex disputes. The group also handles collective bargaining agreements and advises on corporate and restructuring issues for law firms without established labour teams. The firm recently advised one of the country's largest retailers on over 3,000 employment lawsuits in six states, as well as a major restructure of 400 collective bargaining agreements. Team heads Héctor González Graf, Santiago Marván Urquiza and Nelson Guerrero Robles enjoy very strong reputations. Major clients include Citibank, HSBC, Zurich, Procter & Gamble and Mead Johnson.

Natividad Abogados SC

Natividad Abogados SC is a well-respected boutique with over 30 years' experience in the market. Domestic and international clients, including referral firms, benefit from the full range of services including collective labour strategies, litigation, immigration, and social security and administrative law. Founding partner Tomás Natividad Sánchez and social security expert Tomás J Natividad enjoy excellent reputations, while Oscar Larios is recommended for collective labour law.

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.

The popular team at Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C. is praised for its 'excellent performance and service', with clients appreciating the fact it has 'an expert on different areas of legal and employment matters'. The 'committed and goal oriented' team is co-led by Carlos Ferran and Gerardo Valencia, and has a strong stable of international clients. Japanese companies benefit from the firm's dedicated Japanese service group, which has three full-time Japanese speaking consultants. Recently the team advised PepsiCo on the design and implementation of a new strategy to handle work risk regarding employee accidents. Other clients include Lundbeck, Crocs, Honda, and Mitsui.

De la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C.

De la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C. is a fast-growing, 'creative and innovative' boutique that is making a strong impression on the market as it expands - almost doubling in size to some 44 lawyers over the past year. The firm has 'deep knowledge of labour and migration matters', including day-to-day advice, litigation, collective bargaining, and social security. The firm recently advised Wal-Mart on negotiations concerning a threatened national stoppage concerning employment conditions. A team also represented Aeromexico in negotiations over a revised collective bargaining agreement for pilots, which helped avoid a potential strike. The name partners Oscar De La Vega ('high profile') and social security expert Ricardo Rojas are very well regarded, as is immigration expert Edgar Mayorga. Monterrey-based Nadia González left to become counsel at Galicia Abogados S.C. in September 2018.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells's well-stocked team offers a comprehensive service to clients from across a broad spectrum of industries. This includes corporate support, as well as representation on individual and collective disputes before both federal and local conciliation and arbitration. boards. The team recently advised Iberia on the annual review of its collective bargaining agreement to avoid strike contingencies. The group also successfully represented Roche on a MXP$70m social security litigation. Other major clients include Ford, BT, Spotify and Coca-Cola. Hugo Hernández-Ojeda  and Luis Ruiz are the firm's two main partners in this area.

Littler Mexico

The global employment firm Littler Mexico has a 'very professional and expert' three-partner practice with offices in Mexico City and Monterrey. Clients benefit from the firm's strong international network as well as a full service local offering that encompasses all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law, as well as social security issues and immigration. Litigator León Rodriguez leads the practice, which also includes Monterrey-based David Leal and Mónica Schiaffino. Former shareholder Enrique Garcia Conde joined CincoPuntotres Jurídico Laboral in May 2018.

Mowat, Rechtlich & Gentan I, S.C.

The 'very reliable and responsive' seven-partner employment boutique Mowat, Rechtlich & Gentan I, S.C. comes highly recommended by peers and corporate clients alike. 'Individually the lawyers are exceptional', while partners such as the 'open minded' German de la Garza De Vecchi are singled out for their 'attention to detail'. The firm recently advised the Rafael Donde Foundation on over 200 individual high-impact labour litigations. It is also advising Toyota on labour issues linked to the construction of a major automotive plant. Other key partners include Claudio Marroquin Mowat, Octavio Novaro Holguin  and Victor Manuel Avila Estudillo.

Sánchez Devanny

Sánchez Devanny receives strong feedback from clients who appreciate its 'depth of expertise in the labour/union fields, and the great relationships they have with the authorities and other firms'. The team is co-led by Alfredo Kupfer-Dominguez in Mexico City; he has 'great knowledge' and is 'recognised as one of the leaders in Mexico for labour and union matters'. The firm also has a strong Monterrey presence where co-head David Puente-Tostado advises on labour, immigration and social security matters, particularly to clients in the energy and automotive sectors. In the retail segment, the team continues to advise Sally Beauty Supply, which has over 230 stores in Mexico, on the employment and collective bargaining issues linked to its rapid expansion.

Santamarina y Steta

Santamarina y Steta has a good spread of lawyers providing employment advice out of its Mexico City, Monterrey and Queretaro offices. The team's expertise includes M&A support, collective bargaining agreements, health and safety, social security and litigation. Andrés Rodríguez in Mexico City and Monterrey's Juan Carlos de la Vega are the two key contacts and are recommended along with the highly experienced Pedro Velasco.

Cervantes Sainz, S.C.

Cervantes Sainz, S.C. has a high quality team of lawyers led by the versatile Alejandro Nila Rosales, who provides both contentious and non-contentious employment support to the firm's clientbase, including advice on union relations. The team represents clients across a wide range of industries with past clients including Weatherford, Exide Technologies and Minera y Metalúrgica del Boleo.

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C. has a dedicated 12-lawyer team led by the highly experienced partner Francisco Peniche. The practice group undertakes a mix of corporate support and standalone labour matters including advice on collective bargaining agreements, compensation schemes, training and litigation. The team recently advised Alcon on the transfer of approximately 250 employees from Novartis as part of Alcon's spin-off. It also guided Campari Group through a restructuring involving the transfer of over 230 employees to two different legal entities. Other key clients include The Linde Group, Broadcom, El Palacio de Hierro and Technip FMC.

Bufete Díaz Mirón y Asociados SC

Bufete Díaz Mirón y Asociados SC is a highly-regarded boutique with offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Cancún and León. National and international clients benefit from a mix of services (including training programs), as well as support on collective bargaining agreements, social security, anti-corruption measures, and litigation. The three-partner team includes Luis Díaz Mirón, Luis Enrique Díaz Mirón , and Juan Jose Díaz Mirón.

EC Legal Rubio Villegas

EC Legal Rubio Villegas has a well-resourced team led jointly from its offices in Mexico City, Querétaro and Ciudad Juárez by partners Perla ArreolaJavier Canseco, and Rogelio Sanchez, respectively. The practice provides a full-spectrum labour offering to clients, particularly multinationals in the industrial, manufacturing and maquiladora sectors. Recent work includes advising an NYSE-listed company on a termination agreement with over 50 employees without any future claims; the team also advised a major company in the automotive sector on a collective bargaining agreements involving workers in two plants.

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC's domestic and international clients benefit from its 'immaculate' employment team. The 'very innovative' group undertakes employment issues linked to major corporate transactions and restructurings, as well as day-to-day advice and training on the full range of employmemt issues, including collective labour negotiations and anti-corruption measures. Following the September 2019 departure of Rafael Vallejo, the team is led by Jorge Mondragón and has been further strengthened by the November 2019 hire of Luis Enrique Cervantes -formerly at De la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C.- as Of Counsel. Practice group clients include Google, Andeavor, and Deutsche Bank, which the team advised on labour issues linked to the sale of its Mexican operations.  

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados has a high-quality practice that provides strong support to domestic and international clients. The group's primary focus is on non-contentious employment and social security matters, although it also has strong expertise in significant litigation cases, typically handling about 50 a year, including matters in the pharmaceutical, mining and manufacturing industries. Julio Flores Luna and Gustavo Garcia Cuenca are very active in the sector.

Ogletree Deakins

The local arm of international employment law firm Ogletree Deakins is 'laser-focused on Mexican labour and employment law, and has a deep knowledge of the field'. The 'highly responsive and knowledgeable' managing partner Pietro Straulino-Rodriguez is 'outstanding' and leads a 'high calibre' 12 -lawyer team. The group represents a mix of domestic and international clients on a variety of contentious and day-to-day issues, including advice to a multinational on the dismissal of top management executives following a sexual harassment scandal.

Roel Abogados

Boutique firm Roel Abogados is a long-established player in the market and offers the full range of services including litigation advice, collective dismissals, and employment law support on corporate transactions. Jorge Enrique Roel is the key contact.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC represents a broad range of international clients, which benefit from the firm's strong experience in corporate transaction-related labour issues, as well as litigation and immigration. Rodolfo Trampe leads the team, which also includes the highly rated Javier Lizardi . It recently advised Japanese company Takata de Mexico on labour issues linked to its takeover by China's Joyson Electronics. The practice also represented Schütz on employment issues regarding its acquisition of Mexican industrial packaging company Envases y Laminados. Oher clients include Bayer, Grupo Bocar and Seadrill.